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Editor's e-Note
Embrace Cultural Diversity

More patients with diabetes are coming from various ethnic backgrounds and are in need of nutrition counseling that speaks directly to them. So it’s important for dietitians to learn how to counsel patients from different races, nationalities, and cultures who have diverse belief systems and religious faiths and follow unique dietary traditions.

Sounds like a tall order. But in this month’s e-News exclusive, Today’s Dietitian discusses the importance of cultural competency and provides strategies for counseling patients from various ethnic groups so RDs can improve overall patient care.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the August issue that includes articles on optimizing diabetes nutrition, diabetes and cognitive decline, fighting child hunger, and the top 10 high-fiber foods. This month, the staff of Today’s Dietitian attended the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting in New Orleans, where we met many of you for the first time and revisited with colleagues. We welcome you to look for coverage on the latest diabetes research from the meeting in future issues of Today’s Dietitian.

Until then, please enjoy the e-Newsletter. Give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Successful Diabetes Management in Diverse Populations
By Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN

As the United States becomes more ethnically diverse, so will the face of diabetes. The US Census Bureau projects that by 2050 the Asian, Hispanic, and black populations will increase 212.9%, 187.9%, and 71.3%, respectively, compared with 32.4% for the white population.

And according to the American Diabetes Association’s National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014, diabetes prevalence is significant among these groups: 13.2% in blacks, 12.8% in Hispanics, and 9% in Asians, compared with 7.6% in whites. This changing diabetes demographic increases the likelihood that dietitians will encounter clients and patients from cultural backgrounds different from their own. Successful diabetes self-management education must address cultural differences to improve patient care. When cultural differences between the client and RD aren’t taken into consideration, diabetes self-management goals won’t be met.

This article discusses how culture plays a role in diabetes self-management, the challenges RDs may encounter when counseling patients from different backgrounds, and the importance of individualized diabetes care.

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The One Food Nutritionists Eat Every Single Day
A report in SELF Magazine shows that while RDs recommend a balanced diet that includes variety and moderation to get necessary nutrients, they have their own personal favorites they reach for on a regular basis for both nutrition and convenience. From turmeric smoothies to chocolate and peanut butter combos, dietitians from around the country share the foods they eat every day.

Why BMI and Your Scale Are Imperfect
Many health-conscious people know that BMI is a simple formula that uses weight and height to classify a person’s weight status. But almost all the ways we measure our bodies, from BMI to body fat percentage, when used alone, are imperfect. In a Fox News report, one RD explains why BMI is often a focus for weight loss, and why those numbers can be misleading.
Continuing Education
Dietitians in the Health Care Classroom — Assessing Learners’ Prior Knowledge Is Key: Part One of a Three-Part Series
In the first of a three-part series, learn about the importance of assessing learners’ prior knowledge in the health care classroom setting, and how to choose teaching strategies that will help them better apply nutrition information to their daily lives in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CPEUs!

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Field Notes
Seven Projects to Make Progress on Ethics and Global Food Security

“With the world’s population likely to exceed 9.5 billion by 2050, the global community faces an enormous challenge—how to ensure everyone will have enough nutritious and safe food to secure a desirable level of health.”

So begins a landmark report issued from an international working group with expertise ranging from agronomy to bioethics to climate science, outlining the initial steps they believe must be taken toward solving one of society’s most fundamental public policy challenges, and doing so ethically.

"Today, more than 800 million people are undernourished and 2 billion are obese or overweight, all of them at risk of poor health and quality of life,” says Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, which spearheaded the ambitious project. “There’s wide agreement that this state of affairs can’t be allowed to continue, but making real progress that lasts and is fair requires confronting some extremely difficult ethical issues.

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Tech & Tools
SideChef Helps Foodies Go Gluten-Free
Those who have developed a gluten intolerance or want to go gluten-free for other health reasons can transition to the lifestyle with the cooking app SideChef. The app provides fun, easy recipes from gluten-free chefs, bloggers, and foodies. SideChef makes gluten-free cooking easy by providing audio and voice commands, automatic timers, and cooking advice in tutorial videos. Tags on the app help users find recipes that are gluten-free for easy browsing. Learn more »

App Offers Handy Diabetes Monitoring
Diabetes in Check: Coach, Blood Glucose & Carb Tracker, by Everyday Health, Inc, is one of the most comprehensive type 2 diabetes apps on the market, designed by a certified diabetes educator. Users get tools and the most-up-to-date information they need to control and manage their condition. This app is designed to help users lower blood sugar, become more active, eat healthfully, count carbs effectively, and manage weight. Learn more »
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